Mastodon is nearly ready to release its new album, which the band said may be its "catchiest" to date. Speaking with Soundwave TV, guitarist Bill Kelliher said he's excited for fans to hear the follow up to 2011's The Hunter. "I did a lot of writing on this one, and we worked really hard on keeping it simple," Kelliher said.
Arcade Fire rolled out a selection of the band's favorite cover tunes during a recent performance at Minneapolis' Target Center. During the show, the Montreal rockers offered up their take on tracks by Lady Gaga, Guns N' Roses and hometown hero Prince. Tipping their hat to the Purple One, Win Butler and company covered the 1981 hit "Controversy."
Kendrick Lamar makes a special guest appearance on the remix edition of Tame Impala's recent track "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." The remix, dubbed simply "Backwards," appeared earlier this week on the official BeatsMusic Soundcloud page and the song is currently streaming via Pitchfork.
Madonna has confirmed her plans for a new collaboration with electronic artist Avicii. She broke news of the collab via Instagram over the weekend, sharing a photo in which she is seen cleaning her bathroom in a pair of fishnet stockings. The news comes shortly after Madge confirmed that she is, in fact, working on a new album.
Queens of the Stone Age rocker Dave Fertita says that working with Dave Grohl and Elton John may have been the saving grace for their most recent release Like Clockwork. Speaking with The Vine, Fertita says that bringing some new blood into the mix helped everything move along smoothly.
Timbaland has released a previously unheard collaboration with Michael Jackson as part of his "Timbaland Thursday" series. The MC's beats are featured prominently on the track, titled "Slave to the Rhythm," which also features never before heard vocals from MJ. The news comes at a busy time for Tim, who last fall said that his next studio album will be titled Textbook Timbo.
Lady Gaga has been confirmed to give the keynote address at the ongoing South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. The Monster mother will hit the stage at the city's legendary Stubb's BBQ venue and will give her speech at 11 a.m. Friday in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Austin-Downtown.
Bruce Springsteen recently offered up his rendition of Lorde's breakout smash single "Royals" and the Kiwi teen says it was an emotional moment. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Lorde says that she first became aware of the cover via Twitter. "My Twitter went mental. Everyone in New Zealand was like 'You can't believe what just happened!'," the 17-year-old singer told News.com.au.
The members of Foreigner and Styx as well as Eagles rocker Don Felder have opened up about their forthcoming summer tour. Speaking with Ultimate Classic Rock, all three say they're thrilled for the Soundtrack of the Summer tour. "I think it makes sense for the three bands that have this many hits that really were the soundtrack of a lot of people's summers."
Martina McBride, Lorrie Morgan, and Darryl Worley have confirmed that they will be performing on the 2015 Country Music Cruise. They are joining a lineup that includes already-announced guests Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Asleep at the Wheel, and Restless Heart.
Louis C.K. has signed up to make his second appearance as the host of "Saturday Night Live" on March 29. It will mark his first appearance on the show since 2012 and thus far no musical guest has been named for the episode. His last appearance on the show came immediately following Hurricane Sandy and featured a sketch in which Louis played Abraham Lincoln.
Deana Carter has released her latest album, Southern Way of Life, via her own label, Little Nugget Records. Speaking with Billboard, Deana says that much of the album was inspired by the passing of her father and some health problems of her own: "I lost my dad, and also went through some major surgeries on my spine and on my knee," she began.
Stacy Keibler and her boyfriend Jared Pobre tied the knot in a small private ceremony on the beach in Mexico over the weekend, according to a report from Us Magazine. The pair linked up shortly after Keibler parted ways with George Clooney. Keibler and Clooney dated for over two years and she remained amicable about her ex in interviews after their split.
Heart singer Ann Wilson has opened about the band's long, successful career and about their recent live shows. Those shows have come in support of their latest album Red Velvet Car, which Ann says inspired them to keep touring. "We never stopped writing. We just were diligent; we just kept it up and kept it up and just kept piling them up," Ann tells Ultimate Classic Rock.
Both Jude Law and Tom Hiddleston have been nominated in the Best Actor category for this year's upcoming Olivier Awards. The stage actors awards ceremony is set to take place in London at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, on Sunday April 13. Both Law and Hiddleston earned their nods for appearing in the works of Shakespeare. Jude's nomination comes for his appearance in "Henry V."